Fort Smith High School
Dick Guffey

After graduation in 1958, I received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy, from Congressman Jim Trimble, for the fall of 1959. During the interim year, I attended Arkansas Tech, where Curtis Hurst and I were roommates the first semester. We hung out a bit with Richard Gray too, and I actually stayed out of jail!

At the Naval Academy, I had the honor of marching in President Kennedy's inaugural parade, participated in fencing and ocean sailing.  I didn't do well academically but graduated as a new Ensign in June 1963, with a B.S. in Engineering.

After graduation I taught sailing for the summer and then spent six weeks on the carrier U.S.S. Lexington before entering flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After receiving my wings of gold in September 1964, I married an SMU grad. in Dallas and we were off to my first assignment-McGuire AFB, N.J. I was a Naval Flight Officer on C-130 cargo planes, flying out of a base in France, where I had attended high school, prior to transferring to FSHS. Our missions took us throughout North Africa and the Middle East all the way to the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and from Thule, Greenland, to Niamey, Niger, in Africa. As the war heated up, I flew many missions into Vietnam and surrounding countries, delivering troops and supplies, flying home with caskets to a world that was either protesting or ignoring the realities of the war.

In May 1966, our son Greg was born. His mother was very ill and we were transferred to Dallas for medical care. Greg is now living in Thailand in a remote northern village, where last year he taught children English and computers.

I left the Navy in 1969, completed an MBA at the U. of Dallas in 1970, and started working for the Trammell Crow Company, the country's largest privately held real estate developer. We were sent to Denver in 1970, to open a new office, and I became a general partner in 1971.

More importantly, my daughter, Monica, was born in Denver in December 1970, where she is a paralegal today. But after a divorce in 1975, and a split of my real estate partnerships, I started my own real estate company.

The real estate business was good to me, allowing me to retire in 1992, only two years after I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Since that time I have tried to follow the Lord's lead, serving others. For some years I worked as a volunteer in foreign missions for Campus Crusade for Christ.

Since 1997 I have been the CEO and Chairman of Global Involvement through Education, a secular non-profit corporation founded in 1990, to help develop cross-cultural bridges between the West and developing nations, particularly the Muslim world. We are working to open and fund orphanages and schools for underprivileged kids, doing English language proficiency workshops on campuses, helping teach basic morality to police, military and government personnel in the former Soviet Union, now the Central Asian Republics. It is interesting to see how the former Communists are embracing morality based upon our own American fundamental Judeo-Christian values, while the U.S. heads the opposite way. Though we have had great success, you can see on the daily news that we have a way to go.

Though I retired from the real estate business in 1992, I am busier than ever as a volunteer for Global I.E. It is a challenging job, requiring travel to challenging places but providing enormous psychic income, especially when we bring hope and education to the children in far away countries.

Dick Guffey - 2003